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The Importance of Winterizing Roofs and Gutters Before the Storm

by Parry Grimm, November 3, 2016

The Importance of Winterizing Roofs and Gutters Before the Storm

Previously we discussed tips to get your outdoor shed or storage building ready for winter. Let’s take a closer look at some exterior components that are vital to both your shed and your home: the roof and gutters. Now is the time to make sure these systems are ready to handle the coming cold and snow that make the winter season such a challenge. With the right preparation, you will avoid leaks and other emergencies that are difficult to repair when winter winds blow.

Winterizing a Roof

Take a long, hard look at roofs for signs of trouble, including shingles that are cracked, curled, loose or altogether missing. These create points where water can enter your home or shed. Check underneath the shed roof or inside the attic for symptoms of leaks or water damage that can lead to problems with mold, mildew and rot. Also note the condition of metal flashing at joints and protrusions in the roof, such as around skylights or chimneys. Be sure to have any issues repaired by a roofing professional as soon as possible to prevent serious issues during the winter months. Take a look at the trees around your structures. During the winter, heavy snow and ice can weigh down tree branches. The last thing you want to hear during a winter storm is a loud crash as a branch collapses onto your roof. Avoid this scenario by trimming branches back at least 10 feet from the roofline.

Winterizing Gutters

Cleaning out gutters and downspouts is essential before winter. If gutters on a home or outdoor shed are filled with leaves and debris, water will not be able to flow away from the building. Instead, it will overflow the gutters and spill over the side, possibly causing damage to the siding and landscaping. After a time, water will also pool around the foundation of your home or shed, a problem that can lead to foundation cracks and basement flooding. If water that is trapped in a clogged gutter freezes, the heavy ice can damage not only the gutter, but the roof as well, leading to interior leaks. Take the time to clear gutters this fall to ensure water can move safely away.

Get an All-Weather Outdoor Shed

If you need a new storage solution this season, discover the unique advantages of products from LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®. With LP, you get an added level of confidence that your storage shed will remain sturdy and secure year-round. All LP products are treated with our proprietary SmartGuard® process to resist fungal decay and termites, even in harsh environments. Visit a shed dealer near you to learn more about storage sheds built with LP products.

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